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I decided last weekend to try my hand at candle making. I hopped over to AC Moore, to get what I needed and took a whack at it! After 2 very messy & ugly attempts, I finally got the hang of it! So here are some tips to making some great homemade candles!
I had a bunch of terracotta pots that I had bought at a garage sale for an incredible deal. So before I made my candles, I painted them and sealed them on the inside and outside with Modge Podge. Once they were all super dry, I began my candle making!
If you're going to use terracotta pots like I did, before you start take some duct tape and tape the hole on the bottom. I didn't for my first one and there was just an explosion of wax everywhere. You can always re-use an old candle jar after you remove the wax from it.
Grab some rubber bands because they'll help you keep your wick in place.
Place your wick in your container and put one rubber band on each side of the wick to help keep it centered.
This was where I made the mess.
I chose to use the microwave approach. Make sure you're using an old bowl that you don't mind throwing away. Using a metal bowl would probably be your best bet because you can most likely get all the wax out. You're also going to want to use an old dish towel or 2 to catch some dripping wax!
Follow the instructions on your wax bag. I used a soy wax from AC Moore. Make sure you're stirring every 30 second interval or so. Make sure to super melt your wax. I thought my wax was melted enough, and it just wasn't.
Because my wax wasn't melted enough on this first attempt, it was hard to pour and it got everywhere!!!!! This is what my candle looked like post pouring.
I had my sister come down, she's made candles once before. She had me melt the wax even more.
Let it become very liquid-y, and almost clear. It should really thin out and you'll realize quickly that it'll be easy to pour!
Before you pour, add scents if you're using some and stir it. Pour it into your container, you might have to readjust your wick for it to remain center.
Once you pour, you're almost done! Now you just let them sit to cool and set.
I left my wicks tall and my rubber bands on until my candles were completely cooled.
Once they were cooled, I trimmed my wick, removed the bands & duct tape and burned away!
This is a great craft to do with the whole family. Have each person decorate their container, you can use paint or old newspapers/magazines to do a decoupage or even stickers! Each person can choose their scents and create something that's useable, fun & it can make a great gift too!
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